Diplomacy Still Trumps Confrontation for Russia and the West

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the Kremlin, Moscow, Dec. 15, 2015 (AP photo by Mandel Ngan).
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting at the Kremlin, Moscow, Dec. 15, 2015 (AP photo by Mandel Ngan).
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What was your favorite diplomatic breakthrough of 2015? There were quite a few to choose from. For arms control experts, there was the nuclear deal with Iran. For trade specialists, there was the Trans-Pacific Partnership. For environmentalists, there was the COP21 Paris climate change agreement. Add in a few other noteworthy bargains, such as the Sustainable Development Goals, and 2015 was a bonanza year for international cooperation, at least in terms of pumping out diplomatic verbiage. But the biggest diplomatic achievement of the past 12 months may have been the simple fact that Russia and the West avoided a return […]

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